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W. S. Barrett and M. L. West

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203574.001.0001

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Seven Against Thebes: the Final Scene *

Seven Against Thebes: the Final Scene *

(p.322) 15 Seven Against Thebes: the Final Scene*
Greek Lyric, Tragedy, and Textual Criticism

W. S. Barrett

Oxford University Press

In Dionysiaca: Nine Studies...presented to Sir Denys Page (Cambridge 1978), R. D. Dawe considers on pp. 87-103 ‘the end of Seven Against Thebes yet again’. He presents what he considers to be ‘enough concrete linguistic and metrical fact to convince all but the most obdurate that the end of the play which we possess is not the end that Aeschylus wrote for it’. Unfortunately, a good deal of what Dawe offers as linguistic and metrical fact turns out to be linguistic and metrical fiction. This chapter comments on the final scene of the play, from the entry of the herald (1005) to the end. The goal is not to defend the ascription of these parts of the play to Aeschylus, but to defend the writer's knowledge of his native language.

Keywords:   R. D. Dawe, Seven Against Thebes, play, Aeschylus

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